“The best part about Game of Skate is getting the community together for a fun day of skateboarding”.
– Stormy Pruett
Yep. That’s what Game of Skate is all about. Twenty-one times we have amassed the local skate scene into the Ambush parking lot in an effort to bring everyone together for a friendly competition. Sure, this one was a little smaller than some of the other Games of Skate in the past. But, the vibe was one of the best. Those that came were there for the skateboarding, camaraderie, and, of course, to see who can dominate the flat ground. And, the one thing that was proven throughout the day is that everyone has been getting really, really good at skateboarding.
Spreading the love of wakeboarding is something we have been doing since day one. Ambush Board Co. and Slingshot team riders Shredtown got together and produced a limited run of 15 wakeboards that featured a alternate colorway with additional graphics of their 2014 pro model. The Co-op was intended to stoke out fans of Shredtown and Ambush and give them the opportunity to own a piece of wakeboard history. In doing so we came up with the idea to send one board all over the country for people to try and this became The Traveling LTD Project. It was a simple process of simply signing up and patently waiting by the phone for your chance. With a select few getting the opportunity they would in turn get to keep the board for a week (sometimes two) to see what they could do on it. The overwhelming reply from everyone was that they absolutely loved the board and we instantly converted Slingshot fans. It’s these opportunities to allow people to try something new or different that give us a great sense of helping wakeboarding move closer to the masses. With so many cable parks opening up regionally the cost of wakeboarding is slowly but surly bringing new people to the sport.
What hasn’t Scott Byerly contributed to wake sports? Everyone knows Byerly as the “Godfather of Wakeboarding” and one of the earliest pioneers of wakeskating. But, did you know that Byerly also invented wake surfing? (As it currently exists. People have been tanker surfing off the coast of Galveston, TX since the 1950s).
Wakesurfing was first brought to the public eye in a largely ignored video by the now defunct brand Badass Bindings. The video showed Byerly and Bruce Clem paddling in to massive wakes thrown up by the first Super Air Nautique in the summer of 2001. Since then, wakesurfing has become one of the most important niches in water sports.
Now that waksurfing has blown up, we at Ambush have fully embraced it as a competitive sport. Last weekend’s G-Series Wakesurf Contest was the first wakesurf specific contest that we have put on. And, the contest was a blast.
The competition was pretty intense given the friendly, grassroots vibe of the event. Friends, siblings, and co-workers battled it out for wake-slashing supremacy. The new Nautique G-21 wake served as a huge canvas for wakesurfing artistry and the riders did not disappoint. Surfers were boosting airs, blowing out their tails, and doing surface spins that would rival some of the pros. Check the montage of the event and the contest results.
As everyone knows, June 21st is National Go Skateboarding Day. We at Ambush wanted to make sure that this day gets the proper recognition it deserves. And, we wanted to give all skateboarders a day of enjoyment. So, the Ambush crew headed up to Kennesaw Skatepark. Video game booths, misting stations, pizza, and the RedBull MTX truck were just some of the things providing the entertainment that day. Prizes were given out for best tricks and random skateboard trivia questions that were answered. Well, I don’t wanna bore everyone with words, so here is a little montage that recapped the whole day! If you missed it this year well we look forward to seeing you next year!
The Nautique G-Series are undoubtedly the best boats in the world to wakesurf behind. The perfect manage-a-trios of a super deep hull, massive wake, the new all new NSS make this boat churn our a wave that looks like a mini version of Kirra on a perfect East swell.
In celebration of this incredible line of boats, Ambush is throwing the G-Series Wakesurf Contest on Saturday, July 12th at Lake Arrowhead.
Registration is open now at Ambush. The cost is $45 which includes rider insurance and a contest tee shirt. You can register in any of the 6 divisions (beginner women, beginner men, advanced women skim, advanced women surf, advanced men skim, advanced men surf) where you will be subjectively judged based on style, technical skill, variety, and intensity.
A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the winners of each advanced division. Register now to secure your spot in the contest.
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-420-9111.
The Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest is sponsored by Nautique, Marine Max, Hyperlite, Byerly, Spy, Billabong, Ronix, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Accurate, Reef, Body Glove, and Jet Pilot.
Have you ever been to a skateboard contest hosted by Adidas and The Boardr? I hadn’t either until last weekend. If you ever get the chance, I would advise you to go. The Adidas Skate Copa Southeast Regional contest was held at the Kennesaw skatepark on Saturday, May 31st. Skate Copa is a regional shop versus shop contest, where a four man team from each of the 17 invited shops get a 5 minute jam style run to showcase their bag of tricks in front of a panel of 3 judges. The shops team members are scored individually, and the top 3 scores from the team are factored in to the shops overall score. From there, the top 8 shops move on to the semi-finals where they battle head to head in a single elimination bracket format. The winning shop gets an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Skate Copa finals, where they will battle it out against the other 4 regional champions at The Berrics.
We could not have been more stoked to be invited to join in on the fun and get a chance to skate with and against some of the best skateboarders in the whole southeast. We chose Zeke, Travis, CatNip and Josh to represent us and hopefully bring home the bacon. With forecasts calling for rain that Saturday, the original start time of the contest being 12 noon was bumped up to 10:30 in the morning. Much to our dismay, we were selected to skate the first heat starting promptly at 10:30. No complaints though, because we do have a home field advantage being that the Kennesaw skatepark is right in our backyard. Nevertheless, the boys all showed up on time and ready to rip. Master of ceremonies and OG east coast ripper Tim O’Connor kicked it all off and kept the day rolling smoothly.
Our first jam at 10:30 was awesome. I have never seen those losers skate a contest so well. Josh came in swingin’ skating the big rail, CatNip was switch 360 flippin’ all over the place, Zeke was on fire as usual and Travis was soothing the eyes with style for days. 5 minutes of carnage later and we had just set the bar for the other 16 teams who had yet to go. Zeke even managed to do a front crook nollie flip out first try in the heat, which he has only done one other time in his whole life. The crowd was officially awake now and Tim O’Connor had plenty of hilarious jokes ready for Zeke, calling him “the incredible flesh toothpick” and other accurately assessed adjectives.
After all 17 shops had taken their qualifying runs, Ambush sat in 3rd place. This meant we were moving on to the semi finals and we were stoked. Once in the semi-finals, it became an endurance battle. The temperature was high and there was no shade in sight. The water was flowing, but it wasn’t enough to keep the exhaustion away. The better you skated the more you advanced, and the more you advanced the more you had to skate without getting a whole lot of breaks in between. Fatigue was setting in for every team and it showed in everyone’s skating. The teams that made it to the top two spots, Skatepark of Tampa and PLUS skateshop, were maniacs and were able to keep skating under such harsh conditions.
Our dudes skated hard and killed it all day, but the sun and its heat had worn them down. We ended the day in 4th place. 4th place out of 17 of the best shops in the southeast isn’t half bad if you ask me. The day went on though. It was a close call, but ultimately it was Skatepark Of Tampa that took the crown. A major shoutout is owed to PLUS Skateshop and Hazard County for ripping the entire day and keeping us on our toes.
To top off an amazing day of skating, Adidas was giving away shoes like candy. Everyone had three stripes on by the end of the day. After the contest everyone headed to a free pizza and free beer after party that was just what the doctor ordered after a long day in the sun. This was a time for everyone who competed to hang out under the brotherly umbrella of skateboarding and all its awesomeness. Our bellies were full, our ability to operate motor vehicles had been impaired and Adidas Skate Copa was officially a wrap. A MAJOR thank you is in store for all the guys at Adidas and all the homies from The Boardr for making a kickass event. Cheers!
Grassroots wakeboard contests are the backbone of our sport. They cultivate the next generation of wakeboarders, push riders to improve their skills through friendly competition, and bring together the local wake scene. Yeah, the Pro Wakeboard Tour is important. The level of riding is insane. Sponsors infuse money into the sport. Legacies are cemented. But, without grassroots events like the Ambush Wake Classic, the Pro Tour would be dead in less time than it takes to de-winterize your boat.
And, not to get all sappy sentimental on you. But, the wakeboard community needs you, the rider, to keep these grassroots events alive. So give yourself a huge pat on the back for playing a part in the survival and progression of wakeboarding. And, after you’ve congratulated yourself on your contribution to the sport you love, check out the video, pics, and results from the day.
Big thanks to our sponsors for making this event happen: Nautique, Marine Max, Hyperlite, Lake Acworth, Slingshot, Remote, Spy, Ronix, CWB, Billabong, Liquid Force, Reef, Jet Pilot, O’Neill, Quiksilver, and Body Glove.
The Nautique G-23 Wake was Perfect
Wakesurfing Took Over the Ambush Wake Classic. With Moves Like This, We are Happy it Did.
Alex Graydon Giving Slingshot a Plug
Women Have Brought Grace and Elegance to Grassroots Wakeboarding
Kline has Brought Grace and Elegance to Nothing
Quinn Silvernale Can Ride Behind the Boat Too. As Long as it is a G-23
Justin Lee Grabbed 2nd Place in Open Wakeboard
You Didn’t Have to Win to Win. Shariyn (sorry if I botched your name) Won a Slingshot x Shredtown x Ambush Board
This past Friday was the Element No Board Left Behind event here at Ambush Board Co. If you had an old deck laying around the house, Element was kind enough to bring all there supplies to cut it into a cruiser shape for FREE! Also if you bought an Element deck the day of the event you, received free cruiser wheels and trucks courtesy of Element! Pretty sick deal if you ask me. Sorry for those who missed out.
On the scene hanging out were Element pros Levi Brown and Evan Smith. Big thanks to them for coming to hang out. They are some chill dudes! The Legend himself Donny Barley was on hand as well cutting your boards personally just for you! He did an awesome job. Big thanks to Andy Dicker for providing the entertainment while everyone was getting there decks hooked up! Huge thanks to Element and everyone who came out to get there boards cut. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the future.
Element No Board Left Behind
Element Tour Van
Our Boy Cheese Came out for to Support!
Element’s Andy Running the Show!
Element Pro Levi Brown Cutting out Some Shapes
Element LEGEND Donny Barley Smoothing out Some Edges. So Stoked to See Him Here!
Element Pro Evan Smith Outlining a Cutout
“Let the dizzy kickflip game begin”
“Everyone spin around their boards 10 times and try to kickflip”
Trash Can Full of Cutouts
The Boards Came out SICK!
Evan Smith Signing Some Autographs
Ambush Legend Stormy Pruett Coped that Autographed Freshie for Finley
The guys up the street at Terminus Wake Park have teamed up with Liquid Force to throw a huge opening day party to celebrate their first full season in business. This is a milestone for the Atlanta wakeboard scene and we expect to see everyone out. Here are the official details:
It’s almost time to open our doors once again and get the cables spinning this season! We would like to welcome you all to our grand opening celebration for Georgia’s first full-size cable wake park on May 3.
Terminus Wake Park is an official partner of the LakePoint Sporting Community and is also their first recreational park to open in 2014! From first-timers to professional athletes–of all watersports disciplines–Terminus Wake Park invites all skill levels to experience one of the largest and most unique cable wake parks in the country. Terminus will be fully operational with both full-size lakes (clockwise and counter clockwise) and their System 2.0 lake running!
Join us for a day of riding, food, music, giveaways, and entertainment as we officially kick off the start of this new adventure! Friends and family will have the luxury of enjoying our amenities for the day, as well as hanging out on the NEW HYDRO TURF! We’re excited for you all to see our newest additions to the park, including an elaborate series of rail and slider features on both full-size lakes!
Today we are proud to announce the inaugural Ambush Wake Classic, a traditionally formatted wake contest bound for Lake Acworth on Saturday, April 26. We’re also pumped to announce that we will be giving away CA$H prizes for each division, something that’s completely unprecedented in Ambush wake contest history. All divisions will be pulled by Nautique Boat’s industry leading G-Series courtesy of Marine Max GA.
Women (G-21) $100 for 1st Place
Wakeskate (G-21) $100 for 1st Place
Advanced Men (G-23) $100 for 1st Place
Beginner Men (G-21) $100 for 1st Place
Wakesurf (G-23) $100 for 1st Place
Intermediate Men (G-21) $100 for 1st Place
Open Men (G-23) $500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd
Wakeboard divisions get two passes or two falls, wakeskate division get two passes or three falls, and wakesurf division gets two passes (frontside and backside) or three falls.
Subjective judging based on amplitude, technical difficulty, and style.
Three judges per rider.
Top three finishers in each division win trophies and $$$$.
$45 Entry Fee (includes contest tee shirt and event insurance).
Ambush Board Co. is a universally recognized global leader in Board Sports retail. Founded in 1997 in Kennesaw, Georgia, Ambush is owned and operated by a core group of devoted skaters, wakeboarders, and snowboarders who are deeply invested in the Board Sports community, and has evolved by staying true to their essential principles of Service, Knowledge, Integrity, Commitment, and Passion. Ambush always has been and always will be unyielding in their collective efforts to push the progression of Board Sports retail.
Ambush Board Co.
2555 Cobb Place Ln, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: (770) 420-9111
Business/Creative Office: 1690 Roberts Blvd, Ste 105, Kennesaw, GA 30144 | (800) 408-9945 or (770) 406-6568
Warehouse/Distribution Center: 2750 Barrett Lakes Blvd, Kennesaw, GA 30144